There were moments of weakness. At times we wanted to just drop it all and give up. Through aching feet and sleep deprived bodies we fought through the exhaustion and crossed through the “finish line”.
Did we just finish the Iron Man? - Not quite, but it sure felt like it. Did we just survive an attack of the zombies? - nah, that might have been more manageable. No life changing triathlon or attack of any zombies here, this my friends was just your annual Black Friday Madness. As the saying goes, “power in numbers” and boy did we round up the troops.
The moms were pretty set on busting through the doors of Macy’s for the 8:00pm open time. In the process they managed to rally the rest of us girls as well. We were rolling 11 deep going into the madness. I’ll admit I did have a list of things I was secretly hoping to get some good deals on.
Our adventure started out as expected, masses of people walking around, grabbing at things, the rest of us just looking, not really finding anything we liked. THEN, we decided to go upstairs and walk through the golden gates of home goods heaven. Oh yes, the angels were singing as we stepped off the escalator and saw the $9.99 signs for much desired Crock Pots and Rocket Blenders! And from there, the madness had started.
We grabbed our $9.99 goods and followed strategy with one teammate in line holding our spot while the rest of us went back into the field to score more goods. We quickly realized the battle was not in finding our products the real fight was waiting in the endless line to check out.
Quick change of strategy and the new mission became “find the shortest line possible”. While everyone else was winding around the kitchen and appliances to check out, we found a line in the women’s pajama section that appeared shorter - keyword “appeared”. So we migrated over with our caravan of boxes and planted ourselves in this new line in hopes of a faster check out. If, by faster check out - you mean, waiting in line for about 2 hours…oh and did I mention, we were in the “express line for Macy’s cardholders only”. Apparently ,Macy’s has no shortages of having enough card applicants.
What followed was two hours of an emotional roller coaster:
Somehow we managed to survive it all and after a lifetime, maybe two - actually let’s be real - easily five lifetimes - we finally made it to the front of the the checkout line. And with that, I can’t wait until next year’s madness!
The mission for this trip was easy:
Yup, that just about sums up the weekend trip. Okay, just kidding. After spending what felt like a lifetime, cautiously coordinating date after date after date after date…you get the picture. We finally found a weekend that worked for everyone and booked our tickets in August - for a trip that wouldn’t happen until November!
Yes, that’s how far in advance you must plan after you graduate college, have a career, get married, inherit a new family and for some, have kids. Otherwise, let’s face it, other priorities will always take over.
Highlights of the trip:
Shout out to Ami, Amu and Amisha for one amazing time. Let’s get sentimental for a minute…seriously, just a minute…we all know I don’t do heavy emotions. Growing up, I never had real sisters of my own, so, God blessed me with Amu. From the time I was born to now, she has been my partner in crime for anything you can think of. Then, a few years later, I got Ami and so began our “sitting on Santa’s lap and BFFs for life” days. In college, Amisha joined the pack being our honorary roomie. To the world they are my friends, to me, they are my sisters.
The bond that women share is unexplainable and the time we spent together is priceless and for that reason Ft. Lauderdale you have earned a special place in my heart. My only regret, we waited TEN YEARS to do this!!!
Wha-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, Wha-oh-oh-oh-oh, yes, that’s right, Arjun liked it and he put a ring on it! Arjun and Versha had their engagement party over Labor Day weekend and boy was it one absolutely amazing event!!
As always, I won’t bore with every detail of the weekend, but here are my highlights.
And with that, another epic family event came to end!